College basketball’s two premier programs are on the wane.
Kentucky and Gonzaga will play a men’s basketball home-and-home series starting next season. Wildcats head coach John Calipari and Bulldogs head coach Mark Few announced the series Tuesday at UK’s fundraiser at Rupp Arena. Deadly floods in Kentucky.
A few joined Calipari on the video board for some banter before announcing that the teams would open the series on Nov. 20 at Gonzaga.
The teams will meet again in Lexington during the 2023-24 season. The games will be the first time the programs meet each other. They have UK and Gonzaga. We only met once before. At the 2002 Maui Invitational. No. 15 Kentucky beat No. 20 Gonzaga 80-72.
This year’s matchup will instantly become one of the most anticipated games on the college basketball slate. Both programs are coming off disappointing NCAA Tournament appearances, with No. 1 seed Gonzaga falling to Arkansas in the third round and No. 2 seed Kentucky being upset by No. 15 St. Peters in the opening round.
But both teams are reloading extensively, placing in the top 5 of the preseason. WCC Player of the Year and two-time All-American Drew Thieme returns to a deep Gonzaga team as a senior. Meanwhile, Consensus National Player of the Year Oscar Tshebwe Kentucky is back to lead the team The nation’s number 5 employment department.